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Workshop:

National Workshop on ABS

7-9 November 2007, San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire

Participants were introduced to the topic of ABS which had been largely unknown to them. They also discussed a draft proposal of ABS regulations for Taï National Park.

Presentations and discussions focused on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Bonn Guidelines as well as certificates of origin and present regulations for Taï National Park. In addition, participants discussed examples of bioprospection and local traditional knowledge.

Outcomes

  • Participants agreed that an ABS regulations for the park is necessary but that the present draft needs to be modified. National ABS regulations should be valid for all parks in the country.
  • Participants felt stronglyed that soon after the legal adoption of the ABS regulations the national scientific council should examine possible ABS contracts.
  • Participants underlined the need for improved communication between the relevant stakeholders
  • Scientists feared that ABS regulations might make basic research more complicated, as traceability of genetic resources is a big challenge.
  • Local communities anticipate challenges in the granting of access rights to genetic resources and clearly regulated transfer of traditional knowledge.

The workshop helped to inform all participants about ABS on the national and international levels, initiate a participative approach to the legislative process and create a roadmap to the adoption of the legislation by the relevant Ministry.

Participants

Forty-seven representatives from the Government, the foundation for the funding of the National park, the research and science sector, NGOs and the local association of the communities close to Taï National Park.

The event was funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), organized by the ABS Initiative and hosted by the Ministry for the Environment, Water and Forests of Côte d’Ivoire.

In French language only.